From the same issue of Harper’s that I referenced in my 4/16 post here is a disturbing stat:
Americans have an incredible trust in the military. In poll after poll they have much more confidence in the armed forces than they do in other institutions. The most recent poll, just this past spring, had trust in the military at 74 percent, while trust in Congress was at 22 percent and the presidency was at 44 percent. In other words, the armed forces are much more trusted than the civilian institutions that are supposed to control them.
This from an article about scenarios for coup d’etats in the US. And we wonder how Nazi Germany came to power.